I would like to weigh in on tipgate.

For those that haven’t been served the story, Philadelphia Eagles star running back, LeSean McCoy grabbed some food with friends at a Philly restaurant.

Allegedly, the employees were thrilled to have an Eagle landing in their establishment and service was pronounced by the restaurant owner as, beyond reproach.

Jesus paid our fines, but McCoy couldn't leave a decent tip
Jesus paid our fines, but McCoy couldn’t leave a decent tip

McCoy left a 20 cent tip on a $61.76  bill.

I am going to assume that the owner who outed McCoy is telling the truth…why open up a can of worms and invite all the controversy and hate mail he is receiving?

I have worked with celebrity for many years and they are a very tight fisted bunch. There are exceptions, but not many.

I am a NY Giants fan and naturally dislike the Philadelphia Eagles. They have a history of questionable players who lack class…Chuck Bednarik who took out Frank Gifford, causing him to miss a year and a half of football and shortened his career, Michael Vick. Be that as it may, there is no excuse for such immature behavior.

Kudos to Charlie Sheen for donating $1,000 to Rob, the snubbed waiter. Sheen tweeted : “dear Tommy Up at PYT in Philly. Please tell Rob K I’m pledging 1000 dollars to him for the tip debacle just wanna help. c

What is so amazing is the backlash. Brutal, foul comments about the owner of PTY, assertions that all restaurant owners are cheap bastards at fault for waiters having to live off tips, vicious complaints about the quality of food at the restaurant, etc.

Are people just so entitled, stupid or mean spirited that they miss the message? It is very difficult for me, a cynical person, to believe that the owner used this episode as a publicity stunt. It is not going to cause people to fly in from all over the world to have a burger. I think he genuinely wanted to right a wrong.

I would like to out people daily for all their incompetent, self-involved actions. Today’s list includes our NY Coop Board,  an incompetent contractor, Verizon for not allowing me to hear anyone now from the front of our new home, vendors who grossly overcharge for their services and product…the list is endless.

LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy

McCoy is a multi-millionaire. in May, 2012, he signed a five-year, $45 million contract which goes through the 2017 season with $20.765 in full guarantees.

The contract includes a signing bonus of $8.5 million and a base salary of $8 million in 2014, $10.25 million in 2015, $7.15 million in 2016 and $7.85 million in 2017…he leaves a 20 cent tip. Saving up for larger diamond studs, Louboutin sneakers, another sports car?

Even if the service was atrocious, he could have left a few bucks. Instead, he adds 20 cents to the charge. He could have just thrown down 2 dimes and his actions would not have been so obvious.
Seriously, no one ever treats an athlete poorly, especially in the city they represent. The public worships their sports heroes.


Come on, people. Be nice. That’s my tip for the day.





  1. Inexcusable. I thought this column might be about the new mandatory surcharge for employee healthcare at some of our local restaurants. What do you think about that one? San Francisco was doing it for years and I always felt good about, it made sense, but unsure about paying more at Huckleberry. Curious to hear your thoughts.

  2. Maybe he meant .20 as in 20% ? He may not be the brightest bulb and perhaps he is used to having others figure things out for him….?!
    Why would he ever leave .20 cents?! He can’t possible be that dumb?

    • He is. He admitted to the 20 cent tip and said he thought it appropriate and has no intentional of apologizing. McCoy said that he thought the service was bad. Others present did not concur!

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